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Things to do at Ulusaba

From bush games, safari walks and cocktails by the pool, there's no shortage of things to do during the day.

Spa treatments


Step Back in Time
This complete body experience is an anti-ageing solution that intensively hydrates the face and body with a massage, aroma steam and shower. The products used during this treatment are infused with Frangipani which helps reduce wrinkles and regenerate the skin. Anti-ageing is not only about application but it’s also influenced by your state of mind, so we use chakra oils and aromatherapy to highlight which energy centre in the body needs attention, ensuring this soulful treatment is a complete indulgence for the skin and a meditative journey for the mind.
90 mins - R 2,030
90 mins - R 3,850 couple’s treatment


LaStone Termo-Therapy Full Body
Ulusaba Rock Lodge is uniquely placed on top of a koppie, or small mountain, made up of granite and quartz rock. This LaStone treatment resonates with Rock Lodge perfectly as it's designed around the principle of geothermal therapy and uses warm basalt stones to relax, nurture and nourish tight and stressed muscles. Cool marble stones are also used to flush out toxins and melt away muscular tension. This is a highly effective treatment for stress, ensuring wholesome relaxation for the ultimate feeling of calm and tranquility.
90 mins - R 2,030
90 mins - R 3,850 couple’s treatment


When you enjoy one of the below treatments at Ulusaba 15% of the price will go to Pride ‘n Purpose, Ulusaba’s charitable arm. We also support Pride ‘n Purpose’s efforts with our ‘Light of Hope’ candle which is an essential oil candle from the Africology range, by purchasing this candle you are contributing to improving the lives of our local villagers. Each candle is R 350 and 25% of the sale will be donated to Pride ‘n Purpose.

Devotion Journey
This is our couple’s massage. It begins with the ceremonial lighting of a candle that symbolises the pledge of unity and love, followed by a full body massage.
60 mins -R 2,600 per couple
90 mins - R 3,600 per couple (includes candle gift)

Soul of Africa
In Africa, Marula is seen as miracle oil and it’s used in many skin treatments and traditional ceremonies. This treatment starts with an application of warm, soothing mud to release negativity stored in the muscles followed by an intuitive body and scalp massage using the Marula conditioning oil to soften signs of ageing.
90 mins - R 1,900

Zambian Healing Ritual
Traditionally this massage has been used as part of a healing technique to help restore balance and boost the immune system. Herbal infusions cleanse the body, and the stimulating massage and stretches restore perfect balance to the body.
60 mins - R 1,300

Intonga Amasatchi Stick Massage
A deep tissue and stress relieving treatment; skillful movements are performed with the hands and different sized wooden sticks are used to stretch tight muscles and ease toxic overload from daily stress. Symbolically, the stick or staff represents wisdom and direction to the healer, it is created from wood, symbolising growth and abundance. This is a grounding treatment that absorbs and purifies negativity, redirecting the energy flow into greater efficiency.
90 mins - R 1,800

Bespoke Body Yoga Massage
This treatment is wonderful for runners and active individuals as the massage covers the entire body and targets stress and stiff areas. The stretching movements increases flexibility and releases tension allowing the body’s natural energy to flow more freely – ideal after a long flight too!
90 mins - R 1,700


You can incorporate a steam shower experience in any of the treatments for R 300 each or R 500 per couple. (Only available at Safari Lodge)

The Bespoke Massage
After a consultation, your therapist will choose the perfect oil or balms to tailor a treatment specific to your needs.
45 mins - R 1,000
60 mins - R 1,300
90 mins - R 1,700

LaStone Geothermal Ear Candling
Perfect after a long flight to help clear congested sinuses. We use warmed basalt stones on points of the face, neck and ears before a soothing ear candling experience, finishing with cool marble to flush and revive the senses.
60 mins - R 1,100

La Stone Sole
Using warmed and cool stones on the feet’s reflex points, as in reflexology this treatment will work on all the systems of the body, leaving you totally relaxed.
45 mins - R 900

Africology Body Experience
Your body experience starts with a full body scrub and mud application. Your therapist will choose one of the muds from our range specific to your needs. This process eliminates toxins while exfoliating lifeless skin cells. This treatment softens, soothes, and improves skin hydration; the warm herbal blend massage relaxes you on application, while the background sounds of Africa ensure a special way to help the mind focus on the holistic experience.
90 mins - R 1,700

Massage Enhancements
Spoil yourself by adding any of the following treatments to your massage for an additional R 300.
•LaStone therapeutic marble stone
•LaStone crystal facial therapy
•Mini facial
•Ear candling


Express Facial
Haven’t got enough time? This facial will focus on your key concerns using products that will best suit your skins needs.
45 mins - R 900

African Goddess Anti-Ageing Facial
Your journey begins with a warm back scrub, followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage. We use a traditional oil blend, followed by a cleansing exfoliation, face mask and moisturiser. So luxurious you will want to be treated like a Goddess every day. Anti-aging facial that includes a 30 minute back massage.
90 mins - R 1,500

Africology Repair Facial
We will tailor the products used on your skin depending on its needs. The whole range of facial products is available for this treatment. 60mins - R 1,200

Facial Enhancements
Spoil yourself by adding any of the following treatments to your facial treatment for an additional R 300.
•LaStone crystal facial therapy
•Ear candling
•Express manicure or pedicure


Intonga Detox Pedicure
This detoxing pedicure targets swollen and tired legs that have poor circulation, lymph build up and water retention. Warm detoxifying oil combined with an Intonga stick massage will leave the legs feeling light and deeply hydrated. This is a great treatment after a long flight. Finish with a touch of colour.
60 mins - R 700

African Potato Manicure
This relaxing manicure treats your hands and nails using natural ingredients to keep them hydrated and therefore flexible and strong, finishing with a touch of colour.
60 mins - R 700

Intonga Detox Pedicure and African Potato Manicure
120 mins - R 1,300

Express Manicure and Pedicure
Working on your areas of concern this express treatment will concentrate on your hand or feet’s needs and will be finished with a colour of your choice.
30 mins - R 370

Express Manicure and Pedicure
60mins - R 700

This is a 14 day non-chip, non-smudge manicure or pedicure. It is a hybrid between regular varnish and flexible gel. Shellac is UV-resistant and does not darken as it ages. Get a high shine, high gloss look.
45 mins - R 750

Shellac Removal R 350 (within a shellac treatment R 200) When you’re booking a pedicure or manicure, please advise if you would like a French polish (additional R 50), as we need to allow an extra 15 minutes.


Need to take some time out between the excitement of your game drives. We’ve got plenty to help you relax during the day from relaxing spa treatments to chilling out by the pool.

Make a splash
Fancy a dip? We’ve got two pools to choose from, our pool at Rock Lodge surrounded by stunning views or venture to Safari Lodge and take a dip after your game drive. Both are heated during the winter months.

Guests can enjoy a star gazing evening as part of their game viewing experience at our observatory in the Bush. Our rangers will teach all about the constellations you can see from points in the southern hemisphere!

Safari Lodge wine cellar
The wine cellar overlooks the waterhole and dry riverbed which attract all kinds of game. We offered tailored wine tasting and have some fantastic local wines.

The gift shop situated at Safari Lodge is filled with a selection of arts, crafts, small gifts and clothing ranging from caps, shirts and beanies to gloves. It’s the perfect place to buy a little something for your friends, family or even yourself, and has all the bits and pieces you may need when on holiday.


Travel is always richer when you get the opportunity to find out about the daily lives of people who live in the area you’re visiting. If you’re in the mood for an authentic Shangaan experience, we organise community tours to the local villages.

The Community Tours and Excursions are organised by Pride ‘n Purpose, Ulusaba’s charitable arm. The basic philosophy behind its work is the principle of empowering people to help themselves while promoting sustainable development. All of Pride’n Purposes’s expenses are funded by Ulusaba and Virgin Unite, the group’s entrepreneurial foundation, so 100% of donations can be put into the much needed projects to improve living conditions for the local population. All money raised through those tours goes to the local communities.

Pride ‘n Purpose
You can now incorporate a volunteering experience into your stay. Our team will create bespoke itineraries to participate in hands-on projects within the local communities, based around your own skills and interests. Not only will this create an opportunity to experience the local culture it'll provide a way in which you can perhaps give a little something back to others.

Day in the Life
The Day in a Life village tour looks into some of the charitable projects and schemes Ulusaba is actively involved with. We tailor this tour’s itinerary according to your interests.

It’s Child’s Play
‘The It’s Child’s Play’ tour has more hands on activities. You will have the opportunity to share your skills and teach children anything from new songs to the school numbers and alphabet.

Justicia Village Tour
The Justicia Village tour has more of a cultural emphasis

Get active

Get active
Although game drives are the main attraction, there are plenty of other activities at Ulusaba to keep you entertained. Work out in the gym or even go for a spot of tennis on one of our two courts.

Safari walks
Take a safari walk with your Ranger and Tracker and you’ll get an opportunity to see smaller creatures that are often missed when you’re on the game vehicles.

Tennis anyone?
If you fancy a hit of tennis, there are two tennis courts. We have balls and racquets you can borrow. The courts are floodlit so you can also play at night, but we will organise a security escort just to make sure the animals don’t gate crash your game!

Hit the gym and work up an appetite. It’s equipped with a running machine, bike, multifunctional weight station and free weights


If you want to spend some time soaking up the environment and wildlife, scoot away for the day for one of our scenic tours.

Canyons, Cultures and Contrasts – Panorama Discoverer
A day out on the famed ‘Panorama Route’ along the Drakensberg Escarpment: this tour features visits to the Victorian Town of Pilgrims Rest, the infamous Robber’s Grave, Blyde River Canyon, The Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Lisbon Waterfalls. You’ll get up close and personal with some of the region’s natural beauty, and we’ll tell you about the history of the area’s hardy pioneers. Lunch is enjoyed at Harries Original Pancake Restaurant in Graskop, where sweet, freshly prepared, pancakes and fresh salads and other country fare are served. This is a full day excursion.

Cascades and Canyons Spectacular
Take an exhilarating helicopter flight that swoops over deep and mysterious gorges and through lush valleys bursting with vegetation and colour. Linger above cascading waterfalls for some brilliant photo opportunities. The flight will continue to God’s Window, which offers awesome panoramic views of the bushveld below. Then it’s on to the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the 1 000-metre-deep, 30-kilometrelong Blyde River Canyon, (the third deepest and greenest Canyon in the World). You will have a bird’s eye view of the curious Three Rondavels! We will then land at a site with magnificent views of the Mpumalanga Lowveld, while you tuck into a delicious picnic.